Karlcfolkes's Poems

Here's the list of poems submitted by karlcfolkes  —  There are currently 293 poems total — keep up the great work!

Time Flies With No Wings

Time flies with no wings
In space with no boundaries
Paired, though never...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
16 hours ago

The Love of My Life

The love of my life:
The treasure of poetry
A dream come true
Bearing sacred messages
From the depths of the psyche

The love of my life:
The poets of yesteryear
Now brought back to life
Like Shakespeare, Milton, and Scott
Like Shelley,...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 day ago

Sober Sensibility

As we approach the close of our earthly lives, a modicum of wisdom can be obtained when we come to the realization of an ironic and sober sensibility, when we come to the recognition that our earthly achievements, accomplishments, and successes— and...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 day ago

A Poet is Messenger

Words as a kernel
The proverbs of poetry
As a healing balm
As cures for our deceptions
Our wounds and our injuries

As a mustard seed
Feeble and frail to begin
That needs nurturing
With tender loving kindness
Blooming majestically

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 days ago

The Child Becoming Father of the Man

A child shares with an adult
his view of the world …
and the adult —
who is perceptive and receptive,
finds in his own ignorance,
in his eternal state of wonderment,
a new birth …
expressively a rebirth …
the cycle of life —
fulfilled at...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 days ago

A Palindrome Play on Words

A palindrome play on words
Bounties of the brain
Leaving us to ponder
Each line imploding meaning

Where you have to search
All that there dwells within
Such is the mind of mankind

It has a design

Eking compositions
Rich with strophic...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 days ago

We Are Children of the Sun

Solar phallic force
Penetrating Mother Earth
Impregnating her
Of which we are her children
Her Collective Consciousness.

Solar phallic force
Genetically grounded
In human psyche
As our true heredity
Our Collective Unconscious.

Sun as...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 days ago

Power of The Word

The biblical tales:
Orality of the tongue.
Power of the Word
To transform humanity
And return it to...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 days ago

A Day Etched in Infamy

A brazen attack
On the U.S. Capitol

 January sixth
A day etched in infamy
To abort the people’s...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
12 days ago

Union With the Spirit

“Born Again” — is the
Aim of Christian teaching:
Return to Wholeness;
Union with the Spirit—
The quest of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
17 days ago

Dear Children of God

Dear children of God:
Each one of you is special,
Made in His image,
Created, and so fashioned,
In the way He desired.

Gifted with language;
Each with a special tongue
For your expressions.
And all of them beautiful—
With Him as the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
19 days ago

Ego in Psyche’s Embrace

Our life is a loop
When we think of nothing else
But only our ego;
Going around in circles
To return and to haunt us.

So life is a loop
That takes us all in circles;
Repeating our ills
With all our misadventures,
And without...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
22 days ago

Beware of That Russian Bear’s Hug!

The world endangered
By an unstable statesman.
His name is Putin.
A deployer of darkness.
His habitat — Inferno.

Ukraine is mere ploy
For some deeper engagement
By this mad leader
To seize absolute power
And claim himself dictator.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
23 days ago

Pandemic of Pandemics

Read all about it!
The existential crisis
That faces us all
In a world turned upside down,
With everything unstable.

Gender is questioned.
Identity uncertain.
Fluidity rules.
Nothing is stationary.
And all is chimerical.

The real...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
26 days ago

The Moving Finger

The Moving Finger,
Having writ, moves on, therewith
Inscribing onwards
An unfolding epilogue
With all of us as players.

Having entrances.
Placed on a stage we call Life.
With our acts measured.
As we strut backwards and fro.
The Moving...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
27 days ago

We Are Wounded Healers

A disease rages.
Called SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Pandemic illness.
And all the world is tired.
After three years of horror.

Where is remedy
To stem the plague of mankind

 And the injuries
To human souls and bodies,
Their spirits seeking...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
28 days ago

Portrait of an Artist

Posed in a picture frame
Portrait of an artist
Inquisitively fixed
Focused, reading a book

Silhouette of silence
Vested in red jacket
Knees crossed to hold her frame
Adorned, with boots of comfort

Befitting a maiden
Astride a wicker...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
29 days ago

Wanton Death by Gunfire

Federal funding
For gun violence research
Must be optimized
To reduce death by gunfire,
A viscous crime that...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
29 days ago

What Love in Action is Like

Love must be sincere.
According to Romans Twelve.
Verses nine to twelve.
Love must despise all hatred.
Honor others above self.

Love must be zealous.
Of spiritual fervor.
Without jealousy.
Joyful in hope — and patient.
Ever faithful in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Everyone is Called

Everyone is called.
At beckoning of Spirit.
But only few hear.
Only few like Samuel.
Will listen and will...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

The Ultimate Goal in Life

The ultimate goal
Destined for humanity,
Is to know one’s Self,
Called Individuation.
Self restored — to God’s...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

The Ultimate Christian Sacrifice

The Christian pledge
Made as a priority
Is to put God first
Before all other matters
In fellowship and...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Ode to the Almighty Jah

JAH, JAH — Jamaica.
A JAH wah mek Jamaica.
Giv tanks an preiziz.
Outa meni, WAN piipl.
A JAH wah mek Jamaica.

Lord, God, Jamaica.
To God, who made Jamaica.
Give thanks and praises
Out of many — ONE.
To God, who made...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Love Never Fails

Of all forces, the
Highest form of energy,
Above all others,
Divinely superior,
Is love of God for mankind.

It defeats hatred,
Jealousies of all natures.
It has much patience —
Greater than all human faith.
Steadfast and unwavering.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Natural Love and Synthetic Hatred

Recycle love and
It multiplies joyfully
With healing powers.
Recycle hatred
And it wounds with much...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Truth Falsified By Lies

When war is waging
And no one trusts each other,
First casualty
That aborts the hope of peace
Is Truth — falsified by...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Two Peas in a Pod

Two peas in a pod:
Individuation and
Being “born again.”
Together — separated.
By discernment, seen as...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Tanka Poetic Art Form

Told in just five lines,
A Tanka verse is compact,
Not too long at all,
Keeping it very simple,
As a poetic art...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

A Tanka Poet’s Confession

I am good at it.
Intellectual rubbish.
Don’t ever quote me.
Unseemly Tanka poet.
Besmirched by lines not...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

The Metaphysical Origin of the Universe

Imagine this now:
Without the Non-physical
Having existence,
Nothing could ever exist.
That is plain metaphysics.

Singularity.
Is another expression
Of all energy
That is potential for Life
Of “Big Bang” made kinetic.

The two...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

The Non-Physical Unclaimed

Singularity.
Known otherwise as “Big Bang.”
A presumptive source
Of all physical matter.
The non-physical...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Godly Love Means Obedience

Where learning begins:
At the feet of the Master.
As a disciple.
To profit from the wisdom
That is garnered...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Be Spiritually Healed

A place for healing.
God’s healing sanctuary.
Come, all ye faithful.
Receive your consolation.

 Be healed now of all your wounds.

God bids you welcome.
Seek, and you shall find his love.
All ye who suffer.
God listens with all patience.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Circular Claims of Science

Physicist Carroll
Makes circular claims.
Argument for God
Is not a good theory
For it does not offer proofs.

Advancing logic
With a-priori thesis:
“That what lacks reason
Cannot be reasonable.
Defies the laws of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Man’s Subjective Mind

Is “Nothing” zero?
Some ask Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Astrophysicist.
Whether there is a nexus
Of science and religion.

Tyson denies this.
“Objective Reality”
Is what he invokes.
His scientific mantra.
“They cannot be reconciled.”

Such...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

God, The ONE in the ALL

God as Energy.
Potential and Kinetic.
The One in the All.
The Great Singularity.
Known — and never fully known.

The measure of God.
Potential and Kinetic.
None can ever know.
The Alpha and Omega.
Set Apart — as...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Humanese is Our Linguistic Wiring

The language mappings
Of all human languages.
A revelation:
A syntactic unity
Common to all languages.

A discovery.
What linguistic mapping shows.
Call it “Humanese.”
Language commonalities.
In all human...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

How Words Change Meaning

How words change meaning:
Semantic shifts and changes
Alter our senses
With their directions — mended
Bearing new...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

We Give Life All Its Meaning

Life without meaning.
Is ever so demeaning.
It is a nightmare.
Without one’s comprehension.
A dream without vision.

Life full of meaning.
Is a life of fulfillment.
A life of purpose.
Made with obstacle courses.
Propelling us to action.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

The Living Truth

That there is no God.
The fool says in his hard heart.
The soul knows better.
For it is made of Spirit.
Therein is the Living...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

We Live By Our Myths

Folk and fairytales.
“Innocent” nursery rhymes.
Biblical tales.
Literature — in general.
All have hidden messages.

All convey some truths.
Displayed, revealed — embellished.
Artfully portrayed.
Fancifully kept alive.
In ancient myths and...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

What is the Source of Our Humanity?

A revelation.
A psychological truth.
Take it — or leave it.
This may be hard to swallow.
You are more than your body.

The skin as body.
Does not suffice for psyche.
Which is much deeper.
We elevate the body.
As if it were our own soul.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Our Expanding Universe — It is Us!

A query for all:
Creation and our own Mind.
The coupling of both.
Both synchronized together.
To depict “reality.”

What exists must start.
Somewhere in a distant past.
A dark “Big Bang” past.
That — remains our theory.
Life emerging from...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

The Two Travelers’ Musings

The two travelers.
In dialectical chat.
Ego and Psyche.
Ego as the extravert.
With animated speeches.

The two travelers.
Forever tied together.
Ego and Psyche.
Psyche as the introvert.
Courting her partner, Ego.

The two travelers.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Psychological Hindsight

Getting new meanings.
Psychological hindsights.
By looking backwards.
Hindbrain scans as our hindsight.
Projected onto...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Man in Search of Self

This is a preface.
Man’s appeal for salvation.
A psalm of David.
“Search me, O Lord,” the psalm’s plea.
“For you have scrutinized me.”

Omnipotent you.
Our Collective Unconscious.
As some label you.
With archetypal robing.
Ever remaining...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Our Racial Oneness

There is but one God.
Universal Energy.
The Lord Almighty.
To which all nations bow down.
Beyond human differences.

There is but one race.
Universally expressed.
The race of mankind.
Seen as many, yet as one.
Beyond surface differences.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
1 month ago

Elevation of Jamaican Creole

Speech comes naturally.
As gift of human learning.
Not artificial.
Like writing — an artifact.
Contrived — to preserve our speech.

Designed to save speech.
Writing is technology.
A human art form.
Thus, speech must be primary.
And writing...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Way of Nothing

If the truth be told.
Desire not to desire.
Is still desire.
It is not an uncarved block.
As TAO would inform us.

Lack of desire.
Will breed lust for desire.
The human fault line.
Yield, thus, to doing nothing.
Serenity yields wisdom.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Battle For Perfection

Concord and discord.
The battle for perfection.
Human souls at war.
The struggle to find Wholeness.
An everlasting...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Dream Poetic Numbers

Rising out of dreams.
Prosodic features rising.
Parsing with numbers.
Prosodic phenomena.
With prosodic measurements.

Fibonacci ‘n.’
With dream poetic numbers.
Meter and rhythm.
In a literary form.
With such a measured beauty.

Dream...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Treat Others As Your Equal

The gift we call Life.
Is given us as a loan.
For us to use with Wisdom.
Given with interest.
To thereby gain some profit.

To spend it wisely.
Will garner you much Wisdom.
Earned by your patience.
To waste it with distemper.
Brings, in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

What We Fear The Most

What we fear the most:
The depths of our underworld.
Our own weakest spot.
That which lies within our soul.
That which haunts us in our dreams.

What we fear the most:
Is part of our legacy.
It is who we are.
Our royal inheritance.
Yet...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Reading Research Limitations

Phonological.
Language processing schema.
Is far from “Reading.”
Without semantic input —
Deep structures...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Fear, a Prey to Survival

Fear as messenger.
Enemy of lust for life.
How it defeats life.
How it shows no decency.
Respects no laws, conventions.

Seeks your weakest spot.
Pursues it with greatest ease.
Blinding your vision.
And your survival instincts.
A prey to...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

What Cognitive Dissonance Is

A human illness.
That needs to be remedied.
Soul out of balance.
Imbalance in the psyche.
It’s cognitive...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Mission of Psyche

A totality:
Human soul, mind, and spirit.
We call the psyche.
The totality of Self.
The Conscious and the Unconscious.

Yet showing tension.
Between these two states.
Personal and Collective.
With a core of complexes.
For psychoanalysis.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Remember This, Friend

Remember this, friend.
After all is said and done.
At your journey’s end.
Psyche always possessed you.
You are its prize...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Script of Our Lives

The script of our lives.
Bears some things that lay hidden.
Ever unfolding.
Borne from the womb to the tomb.
Imprinted in our psyche.

The psyche — our home.
It has so many mansions.
Our home and cocoon.
Of which we are conscious.
And yet...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Grimm’s Dear Mili Tale

I called her hero.
A fairytale little girl.
And not heroine.
In a Wilhelm Grimm’s story.
A dissertation problem.

“What makes her hero?”
Question posed at my defense.
“Child in dark forest —
What arguments can you make.
To satisfy our...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

TETELESTAI!

The task and trials.
Each one of us encounters.
That is our mission.
Each one of us has to face.
Life’s journey with temptations.

Each one asked to be.
Servant of Divine Calling.
To live like Christ.
A life, when ended, to say:
“It is...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Beyond Jungian Synchronicity

A postscript token.
A Fibonacci symbol.
In my dreams again.
Three women assigned numbers.
And my wife is Number 12.

12, 13, 14.
Assigned to the three women.
Fibonacci’s sign.
These three numbers, when added.
Count as Number 39.

3+9 is...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Fibonacci Dreamscape

In sleep, a voice heard.
Articulate with pattern.
My voice — while sleeping.
Captured by my wife — awake.
While I remained in deep sleep.

She heard this pattern.
Numerical register.
Uttered during sleep.
It’s: “1-2-3:3-2-1.”
A Fibonacci...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Alchemical Fires of the Mind

Art of conjuring.
The art of transformation.
Curiosity.
Revolution of the Mind.
A psychological craft.

Sought by the sages.
Unfolding hidden secrets.
Of the human Mind.
Compelling understanding.
Of the things that are arcane.

Fires of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

ESOTERICA

Esoterica.
My inherited dream space.
My creative haunt.
Artifice of archetypes.
Of wondrous signs and symbols.

Esoterica.
I am a native to this world.
Imaged with magic.
Mathematical symbols.
Begging interpretation.

Esoterica.
Puzzles...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

One Giant Step for Women

To the Supreme Court.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Her confirmation.
Praise the Lord, America.
For His Grace and His...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

DNA: Gateway to Our Future

A cardinal chain.
Holding human legacy.
Called the DNA.
Having many pioneers.
Those who have made history.

Consider Mendel.
The “Father of Genetics.”
Eighteen Sixty Six.
A new vocabulary.
“Recessive” and “Dominant.”

Eighteen Sixty...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Sigmund Freud’s Three Levels of Mind

Three levels of Mind.
Existing in our psyche.
According to Freud.
Psychological forces.
Interacting together.

Three different levels.
With degrees of consciousness.
First — the Preconscious.
At subliminal levels.
Yet, potentially...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Strangers in Our Own Universe

The riddle of life:
Pictures and their negatives.
Both linked together.
One clear, unlike the other:
A person and his shadow.

The riddle of life:
The moon circling the Earth.
A friendly neighbor.
Infant nursed by its mother.
With...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Africa in Tears

The people mourning.
Their ancient art are removed.
Robbed, stolen, and gone.
Gone from Mother Africa.
To European countries.

Gone from Africa.
To Germany and to France.
To The Netherlands.
To The United Kingdom.
And to The United States....

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Archetype of Oneness

All linguistic roots.
At their very deepest levels.
Are with one syntax.
As Subjects that have Objects.
With God as Grammarian.

The syntax of God.
The Universal.
Is a syntax of Oneness.
In Him, with Him, and through Him.
The archetype of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Prisms of Life

The prisms of Life.
Starting from birth until death.
Are our projections.
Superimposed on all things.
The deeds of our existence.

The prisms of Life.
Artificial images.
Are all reflections.
Of original birthrights.
Captured by our...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Syncopated Riddle of Life

A pulse, a heartbeat, a human breath.
The waves of the ocean.
A billowing cloud floating by.
Tree leaves blowing in the wind.

The soft mewing of a kitten, a pig’s harsh grunt.
The quacking of a caring mother duck.
The cawing of blackbirds in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

In Whose Image Are We Made?

I beseech you all.
Pray, tell me — in honesty.
Who are we Earthlings.
Behaving as if like gods.
Rather — misbehaving folks?

With no empathy.
Miscreants of Planet Earth.
Our hearts are hardened.
Poisoning all resources —
Provisions for...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Name Above All Names

The Great Mystery.
How can The Part — apart from.
That which is The Whole.
Ever comprehend Wholeness.
Singularity of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

Leila And Athelstan, Our Loving Mom and Dad (In Celebration of Your 50th Wedding Anniversary)

Two score years and ten of yesterday,
You two did tie the knot:
Whereof you spun your golden thread,
And made the land fertile.
It was in Nineteen Thirty Five.
Four years before the War …
Six years after The Great Depression,
That you two...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Essence of the Noumenon

Out of Many — One.
Center and Periphery.
Singularity.
The Essence of Noumenon.
The Non-perceivable Source.

Subject and Object.
Objective Phenomena.
“Adonai Echad.”
Non-duality sustained.
The voice of SHEMA declared.

The Ouroboros.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
2 months ago

The Noumenon is Beyond Phenomena

God is Noumenon.
Man is a phenomenon.
The image of God.
An image made as a form.
Of Him who is without form.

The image of man.
Is that made of consciousness.
The Spirit within.
Pursuing the Unconscious.
The source of his origin.

Royal...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Jah Rastafari Redemption Songs

Jah Rastafari.
As above, and so below.
The “Head Creator.”
Sending Jamaican prophet.
To give us Redemption Songs.

Like John the Baptist.
He came from the wilderness.
A place called Trench Town.
Singing his songs of freedom.
His sweet...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Ode to a Valley Cottage Woodpecker

At the break of Spring.
Saw this creature pecking.
A Spring woodpecker.
Vested in such bright colors.
Happily pecking away.

At a tall oak tree.
That stands majestically.
Posed in my front yard.
Reaching upwards to the sky.
With its fresh...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Flight of Fancy

Like fireflies that dance …
effortlessly, majestically …
In the darkness of the night —
one moment seen …
shimmering, quivering…
In celestial brilliance —
darting back and forth …
like little watchmen…
bearing tiny green lanterns …
seen for...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Jamaica’s Long Dream of Freedom

Sixteen Fifty Five.
Jamaica became British.
In battle captured.
From Spain who once possessed her.
Known then as Xaymaca.

“A Plain of Gold Blessed.”
In indigenous language.
So thought Columbus.
But no gold was to be found.
And Columbus...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

The Fairy Pool

From dreams I peep into the world.
Into the outer world
some call reality.
The fairy pool, its currents
ever swirling.
That magical place
filled with such vitality.

A place to sit beside
an ancient oak or pine.
A weeping willow...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

The Perils of Globalization

Globalization.
Euro-American forces.
Hegemonic.
The control of resources.
Economic adventures.

Globalization.
A political world view.
Euro-Western states.
Of which NATO is a part.
Advantage — America.

Globalization.
Linguistic...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Piini Wali Iz Jumeikan Pikni Fren (Fireflies are Friends of Jamaican Children)

Ku pan demdeh piini wali a flai.
A flai ina di kai soh ai.
Ina di nait wid fidem lait.
A shain, a shain soh brait.

Mi lov fi kech piini wali iina fimi bakl.
Dat wie mi kyan wid im fi shou “takl.”
Ef yuh ebah si piini walidem a flai.
A flai...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

I am so Honored

I am so honored.
By the company I keep.
Birds of a feather.
My companions cheer me.
Writing their ode in verses.

In celebration.
Many languages expressed.
Much honor given.
A staff of comrades writing.
Writing their odes in verses.

It...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Vicky is the Specialist (As a ditty to be sung to the tune of “America”)

From where she sits, she sees it all.
The Queen of all the Land.
At work or play, she knows the score.
She sees all come and go.
And if you cross her, watch her step.
She misses not a trick.
For Vicky is the specialist
Of Program...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

To Comply or Not to Comply: Which is the Question?

Compliance
Entered
Nonchalantly
Tests
Everyone’s
Resourcefulness.


 Figures
Obtained
Repeatedly

By
Investigating
Ledgers
Indubitably
Necessitate
Germinating
Ubiquitous
Approaches
Letting

Educators
Discover
Unsavory ...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

A Parody on Sara Henderson Hay’s “Story Hour”

Mama, I remember:
The Dragon, The Bad Fairy.
The Princess and The Sleeper.
(And The Sleepwaker too) …
And the death of Humpty Dumpty.
As he sat upon the wall.

Mama, I remember:
The Housewife and The Formula.
And The Message to the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

God, the Prototype of Singularity

Him at the Center.
Singularity of God.
Compressed to Zero.
Property is Infinite.
His density is unknown.

His immensity.
Physicists cannot measure.
Beyond the “Big Bang.”
Having mass that’s Infinite.
Of which Life is derived.

God’s...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Immediate Ceasefire!

Considering all.
His “propaganda bubble.”
Must not sustain him.
Putin as warlord must fall.
The West must consolidate.

NATO as defense.
Must engage all their allies.
To holdback Russia.
The stakes of nuclear war.
Must thus be...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Jessica and Christopher Telfer

Jessica & Christopher:
(On the blessed occasion of your marriage at St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, West Indies, on the fourth day of June, in the year of the Lord, Two Thousand and
Sixteen)

  +
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

The Creative Soul of My Beloved

My Dear Doe-Doe, My Beloved:
With excitement …
Like a schoolgirl learning to read
for the very first time,
and for the next time …
and ever continuously…
you discover the treasures…
of this earthly planet …
and all the beautiful things …
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

What’s in a Surname?

The man Sigmund Freud.
All motivated by Joy.
Or the sex instinct.
Developed psychology.
Of “Great Instinctual Needs.”

And Carl Gustav Jung.
Freud’s colleague for a great bit.
Focused on “rebirth.”
Transformation of the soul.
His brand of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

A Prognostication

Putin and Hitler.
Two European warlords.
Birds of same feathers.
Waging dangerous warfare.
One checked, the other must fall.

Hitler and Putin.
Both dangerous bedfellows.
Evil to the core.
The first had his comeuppance.
Putin must also be...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

A redemption song.
The voices of our people.
A redemption hymn.
Revolutionary call.
Oh, when will we ever learn?

A Baptist deacon.
Paul Bogle, Freedom Fighter.
A staunch supporter.
Morant Bay Rebellion.
Oh, when will we ever learn?

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

The Universe in Peace

Above all else, there is indeed in life
Nothing more precious or sacred than a
Godly heart reaching out to the world
Extending to every human soul, embracing it with
Love, brotherhood, fellowship
And peace; reaching out to make a human heart
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Soon the Shrub Will Out

Soon the shrub will out …
Spring again —
The cycle of life repeating.
Image superimposed on image:
A face in a crowd reminding…
Of your face…
Of a lover’s face…
Of children’s merry faces…
Gleaming — shining brightly.
A fleeting shadow...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

The Fancy of Semiotics

Glitch — irregular.
Temporary malfunction.
A flaw discovered.
A breakdown in the system.
Of semiotic interest!

A pulse — sign of life.
The patient is still breathing.
And recovering.
That’s “Operation Success.”
Of semiotic interest!

An...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Self-Reference

Transfigured , transmogrified, transliterated.
The Word —
As “Self-Reference” …
As referent for Self…
Disguised as I/Me
Masking its hidden Self …
Here — yet somewhere else.
Bespeaks of heavy consciences.
Of timeless time …
Here now, yet...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

The Light That Never Dies

In prayer and with penitence
we seek union …
with the Holy Spirit.
The Divine Heat, the Sacred Fire.
Brothers and sisters in Christ …
Therein lies the Glory of the Spirit
in every living being …
when it sees and rejoices
in the Light …
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Pebble on a Beach

Pebbles on a beach …
as old as time —
as young as time…
passionate limestone…
passionate sandstone…
passionate gem burning…
pulsating, quivering…
cool/
(like the fiery diamond …
in celestial glow)/
warm/
(like the earthy carbon …
in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Proverbs in Jamaican Creole (JMC)

JMC Proverb:
“Ben di trih wen it yong, kaaz wen it uol it a goh brok.”

English Translation:
“Bend a tree while it is young, because when it is old, it will certainly break.”

Meaning:
“Bring up a child in the way he should be, and when he...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

A Lowly Turtle Full of Grace

As above so below.
Universal energy in flow.
As without so within.
The feminine and the masculine.
In fertile balance of the sphere.

Embraced by ancient hands that bear.
Humanity, while for its shell, a shield.
A mighty tortoise shell to...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Out of Darkness Into Light”

“To My Daughter Kaleila-Maida, on the Occasion of Your Christening at Eastertide.”

My Dearly Beloved Daughter, Kaleila-Maida Ngwekhin,

I am pleased to continue the dialogue I have had with you some twelve months now. I say continue, for you...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
3 months ago

Kingfisher Galaxy Alcyoneus

Galaxies abound.
The universe expanding.
With no seeming end.
And a new discovery.
Of the largest universe.

Alcyoneus.
A new galaxy observed.
By astronomers.
A hundred fifty three times.
The size of our Milky Way.

This new galaxy.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

What’s in an Eye Blink?

The eyes never lie.
Their flutter gives directions.
Just follow the blinks.
And, like a lie detector.
Jekyll will unmask his...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Projections of Space Exploration

All my grandchildren.
And all their children’s children.
Will, by reading this.
Receive important glimpses.
Of what our world was once like.

At early stages.
Of scientific wonder.
When Man was earthbound.
And dreamt of explorations.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

How Meteorite Craters Formed America’s Mountains

Earth in reflection.
About our ancient history.
Stories of seismic impact.
That’s valuable to learn.

Of moonlike craters.
Never on earth before seen.
Claiming evidence.
Of massive ancient impact.
That shaped North America.

Earth Science...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

The Two Worlds of Time

The two worlds of time.
The first is material.
As for the second.
That one is spiritual.
It is the world of above.

The world of today.
That’s “olam ha-zeh “
Totally physical world.
A world of dualities.
Opposition rules this world.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

We’re Active Stardust

Earthbound, but in space.
Traversing the sun.
We’re ancient astronauts,
With kinetic energy.
In active cosmic...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Seeing the World Upside Down

To me right is left.
So don’t ask for directions.
Too old to change now.
Is it a common problem?
It’s lasted eighty years...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Mythic Imprint of the Human Psyche

Of mythical stuff.
Mankind’s imagination.
Since all life began.
A worldwide phenomenon.
Displayed in every human.

It’s psyche’s imprint.
In DNA embedded.
Psyche’s “fingerprint.”
Since the dawn of creation.
And always replicated.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Search Me, O Lord” (A Prayer of Petition)

PART A:
Quaere me, Deus, domine, probasti me.
Search me, O Lord, Thou hast me tried.
Guide me onward to the straight path.
For you too long have I denied.

My eloquence, O Lord, truly deceives
the hidden thoughts I with you disguise.
While...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Man’s Measure is Only Physical”

Bible — a prism.
Metaphysical measure.
Of things that’s not seen.
Though some may call it schism.
From all that man can measure.

In contrast with time.
Consider eternity.
Everlasting Truth.
Where time has little meaning.
And life on earth...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

The Metaphysics of Time

The nature of time.
Who can answer my question.
To a hidden truth.
Time spawned by eternity.
The Bible has the answer.

Ponder on verse eight.
Second Corinthians Four.
The truth is revealed.
The world of olam ha-zeh.
How fleeting this...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Time Spawned by Eternity

Time so temporal.
Eternity a measure.
As a unity.

Time so illusive.
Let us now consider time.
Time so relative.

Time as a measure.
Measuring the becoming.
Of the fleeting things.

Things that we number.
Things that we can only count.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

A Woman Ribbed

Ah, borne of man’s ribs.
Woman preemptively scorned —
O daunting the pain!

Man dominating —
A Woman second fiddle.
Nature offended!

Ribbing a woman.
Intentionally bragging —
By keeping her down!

But she will rise up.
Employing her...

by Karl Constantine Folkes karlcfolkes@verizon.net

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

The Semantic Impulse of Opposites

The nexus of life.
Contained in the opposites.
Together as ONE.
Anima and Animus.
A person and his...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

The Gift of Heavenly Light

A Divine Essence.
From some ethereal place.
Breathed: “Let there be light!”
And there was heavenly light.
Brought from above to the earth.

And this divine light.
So divinely created.
Brought hope to mankind.
For him to know right from...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

A Somonka Query About Love

STATEMENT:
“So talk about love.
Or perhaps even hatred.
Whatever moves you.
Share what’s brewing in your mind.
A caring soul will listen.”

RESPONSE:
“The two are wedded.
Though sometimes they are divorced.
Love may court hatred.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

An Idiom of the Americas

El que no tiene Dinga,
tiene Mandiga.

All carry in their veins.
Native American.
And blood of Africa.

O mejor dicho.
El que no es Dinga,
es de Mandinga.

Or better yet expressed.
Native Americans.
Carry African...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

A Somonka Lovestruck Confession

She possesses me.
Always haunting me in dreams.
And so I wake up.
Finding that she still haunts me.
The truth is, I am lovestruck.

How should I respond.
When I am just your shadow.
Not your persona.
I am only Mister Hyde.
Element of your...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

And Unto Us A Grandchild Is Born

Delicate fingers turn the pages of time.
Endearing all in wonder to observe.
Nimble fingers reaching out to touch the world.
Inviting all in sweet embrace, eyes soliciting:
“Share the wealth of human love.
Extend your Selves to every other...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

The Raven Chides Its Own Blackness

A satiric tale.
Is this tale of parable.
Warped in irony.

Oh, the cruelty.
Weapons of mass destruction.
Oh, what disaster!

Oh, what a glory.
Weapons for our protection.
What satisfaction!

A voice of reason.
When will we cease from...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

The Oneness of TAO

The human race of people.
A genetic pool prescribed.
Out of many, TAO says...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Ode To Murasaki Shikibu

Ode to Milady:
Compelled I am by your shade.
To write about you.
Murasaki Shikibu.
About your “Tale of Genji.”

Your “Tale of Genji.”
Prosaic — with much beauty.
Compelling the lines.
Lyrically waka style.
The plot intriguingly made.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

A Senryu Tale of Genji

Prince Minamoto.
Imperial officer.
Made a commoner.

Oh, what a scandal.
Beloved by father’s lover.
Dame Fujitsubo.

Aoi no Ue.
Disgraced by concubine.
The Lady Aoi.

Genji, too disgraced.
Solicits Murasaki.
Ten-year-old maiden.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

The Eternal Striving For Concord Out of Discord

Seeking exposure.
Naked truth needs no clothing.
Is always blameless.

Ask Eve and Adam.
The cost of Forbidden Fruit:
The poisoned apple!

Fig leaves are dressings.
The price of eating apples.
Bearing loincloths.

A gift of Eden.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Aphorisms For Reflection

Man, like mustard seed,
must nourish from fertile soil,
for him to keep Faith.

In times of long drought,
even the bitter hyssop
will taste like honey.

For the naked truth
words will provide clothing,
which needs no clothing.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

The Semiotics of Markedness

In linguistics class.
I learned this some years ago.
Thing called “Markedness.”

Sign of Signified.
Coined by Roman Jakobson.
Semiotician.

The Signifier.
Highlighting the Signified.
Subject to Object.

Man as the Subject.
A woman...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Yippee, School’s Out!

Yeah, yeah, yeah.
No school today.
Guys, let’s make hay.
What’d ya say!

It’s a holiday.
Much time to play.
We can sleep late.
Don’t watch the date.

No homework, no school.
We can make our own rule.
Not a pencil, not a book.
Guys,...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
4 months ago

Admire Her Afar!

Large protruding eyes.
Common to tropical seas.
This fairly small ray.

Intertidal zone.
Dasyatidae her species.
At thirty meters.

Bright blue polka dots.
So showered with accolades.
Predators be warned.

Colorful stingray.
Bluespotted...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Who Can Answer My Question?

If all that exists
must have some kind of ending,
what is to say of Time?

Is Time a mirage?
Can Einstein quantify it?
Is it relative?

I want to know this.
Who can answer my question?
Any...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

A Poet’s Rambling

World of satire.
Satire of satires.
A senryu poem.

Can you imagine.
What life would be like.
If there were no death.

Though time would still past.
People would never perish.
Life without meaning!

Without a surprise.
Imagination would...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Penance For an NBA Player

Made of sterner stuff.
Image of athletic skills.

Conformed yet to failure.
He rose to the very top.

As a stalwart college freshman.
Earning accolades of great successes.

Leaving what is still a lasting record.
Placed on a pedestal.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Through a Nation’s Looking Glass

With public officials frequently on trial.
The Republic is admittedly livid.

So ambitiously unethically daring.
Deceptions are “righteously” incorrigibly — nastily given.

The nation experiences an ethical dip.
When we find its democracy in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

If The Emperor Wears No Clothes

Marcusian stripes returned to haunt.
Syllogistic neologisms.
In a one-dimensional world.

Where is the logic of it all?
Aristotle’s fame befuddled.
Pride and Prejudice discovered.

It’s Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four.
Returned to us this...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

O, Give Praises to Glorious Mountains!

Mountains may soar to the sky.
Incline themselves to the heavens.

Greeting celestial realms with joy.
Desiring only fresh air.

At peace with their heavenly abode.
Landscaping the dome above earth.

Immensely, majestically posed.
A beacon...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Gift of the Gods

A Meditation:
The muse grants one audience.
Sacred...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Symbiosis of Isology

Isology craft.
Multidisciplinary.
Business perspectives.

Technological:
A junction of many fields.
Multidisciplines.

Physics, math, language.
Involving the sciences.
Rigorous the field.

Marketed with craft.
Implementing new...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Manipulation in Marketing Strategy

No longer random.
Arbitrariness replaced —
By...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Ultimate Signified

Alpha Infinite.
A Divine A-priori.
Omega...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Einstein-de Saussure-Jung

The Thing and the Thought.
The concrete and the abstract.
The Thing as a Thought.
The Thought as a Thing.

The Signifier and the Signified.
God as The Signified.
God’s image as The Signifier.
The Signifier as God The Son.

Made visible by...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

We Must Face History

Facing history
of those defaced
in history.

Those ghettoed
by racial segregation,
wearing badges of dishonor
imposed upon them.

Those composed badges
decomposed in history
by logistics of mass murder.

Employed by those classed;
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Be a Reggae Ras-Tafari-Mon

JAH-Ras-Tafari.
A righteous song of i-an-i.
Be a reggae ras-tafar-mon.
An fly away from Babylon.

Fly away from confrontation.
Keep on singing yuh freedom song.
An mek Zion yuh native homelan.
An mek Zion yuh native homelan.

All...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Wizards of Their Own Dimension

One heart to another heart.
Autistic kids are very smart.
Although their minds are off the charts.
Autistic kids are all...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

A Political Forecast

Bidden or not ever bidden.
Harris will prevail.
In one way or another way.
Harris will not fail.

The stars have cast their horoscopes.
Harris will not quit.
Our destinies are theirs to make.
Harris will stay fit.

So let us not decide her...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

My Brief Moment With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

My time with him was very brief.
A moment, and then gone.
Remembering brings me some grief.
Time stealing him anon.

In literature he looms quite high.
Never fading with time.
Leaving us all with tears to dry.
Uplifting words sublime.

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Jamaican Labrish (English Expressiveness)

rah an di kuk. (The raw and the cooked.)
a jumeikan rohndong. (A cultural mix.)

som kaalit tapi-a-paas. (Like a French Garbure).
wan a dem a kontri bomkin (One of them being Creole.)

an di ada fenki-fenki. (And the other with a...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Haiku Art Form

Haiku poetics.
A game of syllogism.
With linguistic ploy.

Wittgenstein would say.
And Barthes acknowledge also.
Haiku has great form.

Like a cup of tea.
In a Japanese tea house.
Offered by the host.

Warming appetites.
Haiku is...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Complex Nature of Truth

A murder most foul.
Perspectives of truth recalled.
A Rashomon...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Dictum of Life

Remember in life.
Everything turned to ashes.
And as dust to...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

I Saw Him on the Road Less Taken

I saw him on the road less taken.
The gentleman named Robert Frost.
While I was frail and quite forsaken.
He, most certainly, was not lost.

While he marched merrily with a fife.
I wore a knapsack on my back.
Burden carried from a distaff...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Day I Met the Strangest Writer

I entered the room and found her buried in work. There was a very intense look on her face. I saw the arching of an eyebrow, the quiver of firm lips, the narrowing of the eyes, the curling of the tongue in the jaw, the thoughtful lowering of the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Selfish to the Core!

I-Nation Ego:
Me before all other selves!
Not about the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Art of Literature

Written artfully,
literature, for all of us,
is Pandora’s...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Human Condition: A Fractured Soul

Human nature screened:
Inherent rascality!
So says Dr....

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Gravity’s Attraction!

What would Time be like
without her partner named Space?
Bereft of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Something Hard to Swallow

Adam’s apple stuck —
Meaty apple of discord…
Spare rib...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Impulse of Time

Like a metronome…
Heartbeat, clock beat, time beating —
Nature’s pulse in sync.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

A Mother’s Joy and Pride

The Magnificat.
A Tribute to her Offspring.
Wonder of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Lamb That Became The Good Shepherd

Mary had a lamb.
The lamb who is our Shepherd.
Its fleece white as...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

A Woman Ribbed

Ah, borne from man’s ribs.
Woman — preemptively scorned.
O daunting the pain!

Man — dominating…
A woman second fiddle.
Nature offended!

Ribbing a woman.
Intentionally bragging —
By keeping her down!

But she will rise up.
Employing...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Mystery of the Omniscient Elohim

Alpha-Omega.
Think: “Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh.”
Tensed with...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

A Tribute to Keats’ Sylvan Aesthetics

A Poet’s Masterpiece:
Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
So raw, yet...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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5 months ago

Jung-Einstein Conjunction

Synchronicity.
A-causal space-time model.
Of Jung and...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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5 months ago

Never Surrender!”

Never surrender!
And never ever give up!
Life is a struggle!

Nineteen Forty One.
World War Two haunts everywhere.
I am six years old.

The war is raging .
British soldiers guard our soil.
A schoolboy wonders.

Holstered with a gun.
My...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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5 months ago

It’s Time To Celebrate!

Joyful bells ringing.
As December comes to end.
“A Happy New...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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5 months ago

Errol Flynn in Jamaica

Swordsman Errol Flynn.
I met him as a student.
During a...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

The Metaphor of Life

Some long — and some short.
Our destiny in the stars.
Life is but a...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Closed-Eye Hallucinations

Awake, my eyes closed.
I see dancing images.
A...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Nature: We Gravitate Together

With a soulful face,
In tandem, ever apace,
Time marches with...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
5 months ago

Something Newsworthy!

Like a new-born babe
Is a Fed-Ex delivery
Sent home for...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

A Registry of the Creative Spark

A Poet’s Canvas.
Beaming Light out of Darkness.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

A Consolation Message From the Departed

COUNSELOR:

Do not fret and blindly stare
as if your life has suddenly come
to a halt,
thinking too much…
and even wondering
whether in some unknown manner,
it is your fault.

Life certainly has its ups and downs.
The road is always...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

The Birthing of a Gift

The Gift of Poets…
A dreamer’s living gold mine:
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

A Metaphysical String Theory

Puppets on a string…
In The Metaverse of God —
We are all...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

When “Less” Means “Not At All.”

A MacDonald’s sign.
“Contactless Curbside Pickup!”
“Without Contact”...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

A Pipe Dream?

Hashish-to-hashish.
Cannabis business in smoke.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Fruit of the Tree Yields Fruit of the Womb

Apple is a fruit.
Fruit requires laboring.
The Fruit of the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Haiku Sentiments!

Abound in Haiku.
Haunting lyric messages.
Hymnic...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

COVID-19 Reflection!

The world in alarm.
It’s a virus gone postal.
Call it...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Grave Epitaph

Blowing in the Wind —
A corpus turned to ashes…
Life is...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Speechless!

“Yugen” in Japan.
The experience of Awe.
Mount Fuji...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Alternative Reality Explained

A paradigm shift.
Restructuring Kuhn’s model.
“Alternative...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

The Eye of Omicron

A Phoenician War Cry:
“8-11-5-2-9!”
Eyeing...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Heteronymous Fernando Pessoa

Portuguese giant.
Heteronymous poet.
Mercurial...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

The Calculus of a Multiverse

Time and Space,
Like Mind and Thought…
The two inseparable.

Space and Mind,
Like Thought and Time…
The two impenetrable.

Time relative in Space.
Space bending Time…
The two embrace each other.

Mind harboring Thought.
Thought edifying...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

King, The Icon

A pastor downstairs.
Reviewing publications.
Martin Luther...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Defense Stance

My pen shall sally.
Henceforth, no more poetry.
Read between the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

The Two Views

A myopic view.
Telescopically seen.
Your lenses of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Mary and Joseph

The couple’s arrived!
World in Great Expectation.
“No Room at the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

The Symphony of the Heart

Stethoscope at heart.
The heart beats with a rhythm.
Like the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

A Jamaican Greeting!

Kuya, awah gwaan?
A warm Jamaican greeting.
Lyrically...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

A Teacher Is A Student

Learning something new.
A teacher is a student.
From the kids in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

Resurrection!

A thought considered.
The life of Death is deathless.
The Great...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

The Door of All Essence

The Tao Te Ching.
Like “Eyeh-Asher-Eyeh.”
Both are...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

O, Lydia!

Poet “El Cortes.”
In courtship with “El Otro.”
Latina...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

The Two Selves

Self-employed by me.
Jawohl, Auseinselbstsetzung.
My Gemini...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

Captivating

Epitomizes…
Irony in literature —
“Great...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Kaperosa

She haunts their village.
Spritely dressed in long white robe.
Ibaloi...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

Magical Zero

Seemingly Nothing.
Elegantly Everything.
The Math Container.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

My Head’s In A Fog

Electrodes attached.
I am in a deep coma.
Medically drugged.

They have me wired.
Electrical impulses.
My scalp excited!

My head’s in a fog.
Like a vapory night mist.
Brain waves on fire!

Brain waves firing.
They have a life of their...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Time Returns Renewed

Electrodes attached.
I am in a deep coma.
Medically drugged.

They have me wired.
Electrical impulses.
My scalp excited!

My head’s in a fog.
Like a vapory night mist.
Brain waves on fire!

Brain waves firing.
They have a life of their...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Time Returns To Me

Electrodes attached.
I am in a deep coma.
Medically drugged.

They have me wired.
Electrical impulses.
My scalp excited!

My head’s in a fog.
Like a vapory night mist.
Brain waves on fire!

Brain waves firing.
They have a life of their...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

No One Is Sleeping

Myanmar at war.
The junta shows no mercy.
The nation...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

My Doe Doe Sweetheart

A Burmese princess.
She is my “Doe Doe” sweetheart.
My partner in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Basho Comes at Night

Basho comes at night.
With haiku recitation.
I perk up and...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Harmony in Balance is Balance in Harmony

Life has its reason.
Nations rise and Nations fall.
Life has its own...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

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6 months ago

Harmony in Balance

Life has its reason.
Nations rise and fall.
Let this be...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

The Sun Rises, The Sun Sets!

Life is but a stage.
The Academy Awards!
Exits,...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

E Pluribus Unum

A genetic pool.
The human race of people.
Out of many,...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Solomonic Shakespeare

Life is a tall tale.
Full of sound, raging fury.
It is...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Haiku Bird’s Eye View

Bees seeking nectar.
I stare, looking at them.
Ignorantly stung.

Newspaper crumpled.
“Bring it to me, baby son!”
“Paper old, daddy!”

Searching for glasses.
Oh, I am getting old.
It’s on my forehead!

Chipmunks digging holes.
Their...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

A Dreamer’s Chamber Music

Behold, the dreamer dreameth !
Composing chamber music.
From deep recesses of the mind,
Emerging something rustic .

Nocturnal nocturnes in my dreams,
Languido e rubato.
They come to me like rapid streams,
Expressively obbligato .

...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

How Does The Tao See?

I see through
the prism of my imagination.
And I wonder:
Is that how everyone sees?
Is there a Way,
another Way of seeing?

How does the Tao see?
From what prism does the Tao view
the world?
Is Tao archetypal ?

 The archetypal image of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

Wisdom to Gain

The seeker’s dilemma
Is for Tao, Joy.
Where mortals find hindrance,
The Tao sees ploy.

For what seems poor action,
No pleasure, but pain,
For Tao Te Ching’s Teachings,
Is wisdom to...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
6 months ago

In TAO

Ineffable is that which defies all
imagination.
Non-action, yet leaving nothing
undone.
Truth definitively expressed,
yet un-manifested.
Appearances revealed as images
of the mind.
Order and chaos, the universal posture
of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

The Alchemy of Evangelism

Christianity is the endeavor.
Revelation is the goal.
Th pilgrim with a new...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

I AM

I am.
A tense.
A tense with presence.
Intriguingly dense.
With Wisdom intense.
Unbounded, immense.
With omniscience, its...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Through A Glass Darkly

That Christianity is illogical
Is what makes it logical
In a serenely unfathomable
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Ode to Ting Chiao

Take the path where the river flows.
Immerse yourself in its softness.
Nurture that which bends without breaking.
Glide with the wind; sail effortlessly.

Clear your mind from wandering thought.
Hear that which is silent to others.
In...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Eureka!

The sage makes a Eureka.
His wisdom is a folly.
A Socratic...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

In Sync With Nature


Seeds sowing.
Water flowing.
Soil nourishing.

Cocks crowing.
Farmers toiling.
Crops reaping.

Women harvesting.
Grains reaping.
Chickens feeding.

Blackbirds chirping.
Morning bells ringing .
Schoolgirls...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Rite of Passage

At the wake
A lover weeps.
Tears on her cheeks.
No time to fake.

People in mourning…
He died while a-courting.
Much anger provoking.
Here, no one him scorning.

The church bells are tolling.
The service is now over.
The casket with...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Trees and People

PART A:

Trees blossom.
Trees nourish.
Just as people
Everywhere.

Trees breed shoots.
Trees seek roots.
Just as people
Everywhere.

Trees fall,
Short or tall.
Just as people
Everywhere.

Trees live.
Trees die.
Just as people
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Awake Me, O Matsuo Basho

I dreamt I was a journeyman
On The Narrow Road to the Deep North,
In Honshu Island, north of Shikoku.

Across the Inland Sea,
I came across a sacred place,
Lofty Mount Fuji.

In Shiga Prefecture, there by Lake Biwa,
There by the rippling...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Waka Impressions

How can it be overrating
The beauty of creating
A new thought now expressed
Affectionately possessed
Consumed by you, impressed?

The Waka art is courtly,
Lyrically and sportily.
It’s meter all the sweeter
With lines compactly neater
Than...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Waka Poetry Rhyming

Voices chanting sutras,
Hymnic lyrical sutras.
Other voices weaving,
Weaving Kama sutras.
Cherry blossoms ripening,
Youthful eyes delighting.
Monks at holy shrines…
Bowing —
Rosaries prayerfully…
Signing…
Geisha maids performing.
Art of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

I Danced With Calliope Last Night

I danced with Calliope last night,
while playing musically.
She with the harp, me with the flute.
I danced with her while dreaming.

‘Twas by the banks of Egypt’s Nile
that she and I were courting.
Anuket, Goddess of the Nile,
the two of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

A Poet’s Two Voices

I lay in bed and think of this:
A poet has two voices.
The one he writes with gravitas,
the other of his muse.
The one expressed in syntax text,
with surface structures clear,
subject and predicate defined.
The parts of speech are known,
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Is Moral Tinder Cause to Fret?

The ethics of censorship,
should it be partisan,
made a political spectacle?
A spectator’s mockery
(Addison and Steele be grieved!).
A bourgeois public spectacle,
a constitutional mess —
Let none of us digress:
Public officials as elected...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Ask Priestess Diotima

A Reading:

What divine fervor drives my quill?
Ask Diotima, priestess of Hellenic world.
She will tell you it is Love.
She will declare to you quite solemnly:
It is The Poetics of Becoming.
It is the creative umbilical drive.
It is the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

What If I Were a Shadowless Man?

What if I were a shadowless man,
marvelous work none could see,
no cameras that me could scan,
a hideous sight ‘twould be!

Would you my company try to seek,
or dodge me like a bullet?
Would you consider me a freak,
put away in some closet?
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

IF I BE HUMBLE AND SO MEEK (Honoring a Poet Sage)

The more I read about this tale,
The more my poems seem so pale,
Not shining bright to you delight,
A master’s poems out of sight!
You must consider great the craft,
A poet tinkering with a draft.
To turn this draft into an art
From which a...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

The River of Wisdom

My beloved children,
Hear ye this.
Listen and obey:
The River of Wisdom
courses the entirety
of my Holy Word.
From my First Testament
to my Second.
Discover its source.
Pursue its tributaries.
Be eternally quenched
by its flowing waters.
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Mercurial Message in My Lines

Do not be flustered if you find
mercurial message in my lines.
Born under sign of Gemini,
at the cusp of water and moon,
I am the betwixt and between.
Hermetic sulphur quivering,
metaphysical simmering —
A Trinity of Mercury
combined with...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Cherished Thoughts of Jessica

You must remember this:
The bliss,
The little child you loved to kiss,
The baby born to soothe
your heart.
From whom you thought you’d
never part.
While pain is fresh, your eyes
will weep.
Yet this, the memory you
must keep.
That this...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Opening Pandora’s Treasure Box

I see myself as a metaphysical poet, most of my poems engaging the inquisitive reader, unhindered by any fear of inquisition, to look beyond the veil of extroversion, and to dare to peek into Pandora’s Box, into Pandora’s Golden Treasure, and...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Monarchs of Their Own Realm

Amidst the grime and dirt
there’s merriment and mirth.
Children’s hands with mud and dirt
giving life a new rebirth.
Their whimpering and scampering
not ever ever dampening
chances to rip and tear a toy.
For adults, something horrible
to destroy!...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Colin Powell: May He Be Given Grace

Gone now, and yet forever here to stay,
a giant among us, a soldier on display.
This folklore hero, patriot,
a veteran of the wars.
A statesman of the nation…
overcoming many bars.
Of immigrant descent, not hindering his ascent.
Ever toiling...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

Of Myths and Legends

The teller of the tale
speaks not in tenses:
Present, Past, or Future.
The reader, thus…
who dwells on these,
may comprehend
The Piper’s Song
and never grasp
the tune
in which the melody
is...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

#The Analytics of a Hashtag

The spawn of Twitter
a hashtag’s no quitter,
dauntingly persistent,
steadfastly consistent,
leaving none resistant,
forever existent…
A social media spawn,
not requiring much brawn.
Its audience impassioned,
fixated attention,
synaptic retention....

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
7 months ago

A Schoolboy’s Memory of Elizabeth the Queen

I saw her stroll before my eyes,
A royal monarch establishing ties,
Parading at Sabina Park.
The glamorous scene was far from stark.
A royal monarch from afar,
Her royal consort like some tsar,
Waving their hands in jubilee,
Children responding in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

A Schoolboy’s Memory Elizabeth the Queen

I saw her stroll before my eyes,
A royal monarch establishing ties,
Parading at Sabina Park.
The glamorous scene was far from stark.
A royal monarch from afar,
Her royal consort like some tsar,
Waving their hands in jubilee,
Children responding in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

The Pairing of Good and Evil

Did not Carl Jung, in his meditation of “The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious,” once say: “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order, in all caprice a fixed law, for everything that works is grounded in its opposite.” ...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

We Are Denizens of The same Ilk

To know one’s culture
is to reveal its myths
and its legends.
To discover another’s
is to revel
in its myths
and its legends.
To know yet another
and another…
is to begin to discover
the common thread
which links us all…
as denizens of the same...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

The Eternal Question (A Retort to a Son’s Search For Meaning)

How can the part comprehend
the whole of which it is a part?
A part apart —
from the whole…
that, being blinded by its own
centrality…
as an individualized part,
is constrained to discover
and claim…
its own integral wholeness
in the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

If You Do Not Stare You May Yet See

If you do not stare, you may yet see.
You may yet comprehend
The Alpha and the Omega —
We do not know at what point
the circle is complete,
or where it begins.
This we know:
The circle can never be truly perceived,
be ever truly discerned…
without...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

The Ever Brewing Alchemy of Life

Meditate, O wandering one
upon Thyself,
upon thy inner Self.
Open your inner vision
and observe.
Despite your outer vision of an outer world
obverse,
a greater world of possibilities…
of possibilities deep within
awaits you—
It is a zealous world
of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

Let’s Keep It On The Run

Learning once begun
Is never really done.
Experiencing it is fun
Living under the sun.
(I hope you like this pun.
Let’s keep it on the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

Human Hearts to Align

It takes two hands
to make a whole.
Yours grasping mine
to achieve the goal.
Human hearts to...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

It Takes Two Hands

It takes two hands
to make a whole.
Yours grasping mine
to achieve the goal.
Human hearts to...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

Anahata (Heart)

The

Heart

Acknowledges

Neighborly
...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

What If I Like Rudyard Kipling

What if I like Rudyard Kipling’s
quest
to keep his head about him
without rest
while others, untrusting of selves
might doubt;
and in their doubting prance
about —
and in their pouting rant and rave
without abate,
unmindful of the viciousness
of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

What If

What if I like Rudyard Kipling’s
quest
to keep his head about him
without rest
while others, untrusting of selves
might doubt;
and in their doubting prance
about —
and in their pouting rant and rave
without abate,
unmindful of the viciousness
of...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

Let Us Sing a Song of Songs

Lest we ever forget,
Lest we sometimes regret,
Lest we fail to be kind,
Lest we fail to love our brother,
Lest we not embrace our sister,
Lest we not hug one another,
Let us sing with our hearts.

Celebrate the Fine Arts.
For music brings...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

The Alienist and the Patient

Alienist: And how are you today, my friend?

  What brings you to my couch?

Patient: A dream I had, it bothers me.

  In it I seemed to be a roach.

Alienist: Go on my son, tell me the rest.

  ...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

What is the Future of Democracy?

What is the future of democracy
in a world where only demagogues rule?
What is the future of humanity
in a world where lies of moguls
to some seem cool,
where double talk Orwellian
mesmerizes some — media included
into mock rebellion?
What is the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

Dear Fellow Earthlings

Dear Fellow Earthlings
of all races and all creeds.
I bid you greetings.
And my blessings
I extend to you all.
Heartfelt blessings with much joy
I lay upon you all my brethren
with my gracious love.
I’ve been reaching out to you
e’er since the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

The Conundrum of Human Existence

How can the archetype of original or Primary Form be found, how can it ever be discovered when as phenomenon it is hidden, when it is discerned only in images, only in the imagination of the beholder, only in the replica of substitutions; only in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

The Latency of God Made Manifest

How can the archetype of original or Primary Form be found, how can it ever be discovered when as phenomenon it is hidden, when it is discerned only in images, only in the imagination of the beholder, only in the replica of substitutions; only in...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

Psyche Courting Eros

So let the love game begin
It’s a match with a win
Pray, let the love game begin
From without and within
Thru thick and thru thin
A love match to score
With ones we adore
Eros asleep
His lover a peek
How curious she seems
Disturbing his...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
8 months ago

The Lingering Passionate Light

Awake before you go to sleep
you dare not at me take a peep.
Hot-tempered I be with friend or foe
and still you court me head to toe.
Asleep in darkness yet I shine.
My eyes are open all the time.


When you are cold I give you heat.
When...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Creative Spark

You’ve often heard it said
in bold Socratic dialogue
Plato’s Republic notwithstanding
proverbially announced:
“Necessity is the mother
of invention.”
Nay, I declare
proverbially and aphoristically:
“Creativity is the mother
of invention.
Once the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

War and Exile

Exile is nice
because you get
boiled rice.
Ackee and salt fish
make a good dish.
Breadfruit and banana
which have iron
make you fit
to fight a lion.
Dasheen and dash out.
And you sing and shout.
Alleloup, alleloup!
And you drink your...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Partnership of You and I

The You
a counterpoint
to the I
to subjective I
the You
considered..
considered contextually
as The Object
as the object
of subjective I
yet a partner to the I
seeking partnership
ever seeking partnership
a coupling
with the I
Du und Ich
You...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The You

The You
a counterpoint
to the I
to subjective I
the You
considered..
considered contextually
as The Object
as the object
of subjective I
yet a partner to the I
seeking partnership
ever seeking partnership
a coupling
with the I
Du und Ich
You...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The I

I
one word
that evokes me
the center point
the centerpiece
of the persona
the centerpiece
and the target
a bullseye
a dot
a focal point
encircled
by its own self
I
a beginning
and perhaps
an ending
a Redeye
of the other I
the hidden I
the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Enigma of Awareness

Awareness as phenomenon
requires consciousness
which itself is unconscious
of its own unconscious state,
which is conscious of its conscious...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Cosmic Wholeness And Healing

Nothing matters more
than that which is all Matter.
As well we know,
Humanity is Matter.
Matter composed of Mass —
Potential and kinetic.
Both infinite and finite.
The parts compose the whole.
The whole reveals the parts.
Boson Energy...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

My Mother

She gave me life, she gave me breath.
She gave me all that I could ask for.
She cared for me throughout the years.
Through life and sorrow —bitter tears.
I knew that she was growing old
when first I saw some streaks of hair
not flinched to a dismal...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

In Search of Self

In search of Self I looked into the mirror and saw two staring eyes
They glanced at me and threatened my demise
Informing me without speaking that I was not...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Ode To Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

Nor rain, nor storm, nor fiery flame
Obliterates your awesome stature
Timed in years, timeless in cultural space
Recording and reporting a spiritual legacy
Embracing and elevating human souls.


Deepening and awakening archetypal...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Sibling Love

Sibling love is unasked
Refreshing, never masked
Comes from the heart
E’en when apart
Does not fear or fret
Offers no real threat
Is sincere and so endears
Thrills us all with wholesome...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Eternal Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life
Has no beginning
And no ending
And yet within this numinous wheel
We in petty imagination
Create a sene of Time…
A sense of Space
With a seeming Present
With a seeming Past
With a seeming Future
Where dreams come true
Within this...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Die Gretchenfrage

Dearly Beloved, Lord Jesus
Who do people say that thou art?
Thou art indeed The Hidden one
Thou art The Christ Resident
In the very depths of the human Soul
The Selbst of the Personal Unconscious
And thy Father — in Heaven
Pray, tell us Lord...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

COVID-19 Archetypal Imagery

In worldwide vogue a social mask
Unmasking innate Malthusian dispositions
Fear of “The Other” repressed…
Alas, now boldly superimposed
A human masquerade
Projected and personified
Sanitized in public as “The New Norm”
Received as “Social...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Creation

And God wept!
His tears
Became
The salt of earth…
A sea of chemical solution!
And thus
He made the world
His own laboratory
And made Himself
The Alchemist
So that
The world
Was made of Alchemy
That man might be
Confused
And man…
Issued from...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Split Infinity of Human Imagination

People often ask: “Where does God come from?” I discern metaphysically, that the answer must be this: “Out of Oneness; out of Singularity.”
Interestingly enough, once we stop meditating,
once we stop contemplating on wholeness,
once we, as Ego,...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Balance is the Alchemy

I took an ice block from a fridge
and felt its hardness at its ridge.
The warm air mingling with the cold
transformed that ice block and its mold.
After a while the ice began to flow
now turned, alas, into a liquid glow.
Placed in a pan upon the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Alchemy of Balance

I took an ice block from a fridge
and felt its hardness at its ridge.
The warm air mingling with the cold
transformed that ice block and its mold.
After a while the ice began to flow
now turned, alas, into a liquid glow.
Placed in a pan upon the...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

A Princely Legacy

No arch rivalry befalls this prince.
His legacy is made of sterner stuff.
Unquestioned royalty enough.
So hail him as the spawn of Lady Liberty.
For freedom reigns in him with...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Indwelling Temple

Seeking outward for the temple
We find it to be the dwelling place
Of sinners.
Seeking inwards for the temple
We find its holiness
In every human...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Ethics of Becoming

To become or not to become
That which we were divined to become
That is the eternal question
That begs for an...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Mystery of Holiness

Holiness is that which in its finite state is infinite
And in its infinite state is...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Alpha & Omega of Holiness

Holiness is that which in its finite state is infinite
And in its infinite state is...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Whom Shall I love

Who then shall I love
If hatred surrounds me everywhere?
Whom shall I forever
And forever endear?
Whom shall I with eternal love
Display my heart without fear?
It is to thee who gave me
Breath and life.
It is to thee who cares for me
Throughout...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Eternal Love

Who then shall I love
If hatred surrounds me everywhere?
Whom shall I forever
And forever endear?
Whom shall I with eternal love
Display my heart without fear?
It is to thee who gave me
Breath and life.
It is to thee who cares for me
Throughout...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

Ode to Aristophanes

Come Dionysus, let us entertain our frogs
as we prepare once more the great descent
into our darkened labyrinth.
There, our darkness is our light…
Not haunted by the need for space or time
we find eternal peace
in the company of spritely poets....

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Transcendental Journey

I met you on the journey in the middle of the path where like Dante courting Beatrice
you gave me cause to pause,
to stop and ponder with you
the many joys of life:
How nature pours her blessings
on every single soul,
how Wisdom speaks with...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

The Hidden Treasure

Behold the parable of life:
Vanity, vanity, vanity!
All of life is but a dream:
A dream of hidden treasures.
And the dream, alas, must die…
As all dreams surely die…
At the rising of the Sun…
At the rising of the Self…
The hidden Self within.
Store...

by Karl Constantine FOLKES

added by karlcfolkes
9 months ago

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